12 Musical Acts to Watch For In 2013

12 Musical Acts to Watch For In 2013

Haleek Maul

Some will argue that Haleek Maul had a breakout year in 2012, what with the fantastic project he dropped with Supreme Cuts and his solo work. And while they would be right to an extent, I’d argue that he’s about to do a whole lot more this year. The kid, who splits his time between Brooklyn and the Barbados, continues to hone his dark and intelligent approach to lyricism. Additionally, I know for sure he’s prepping some production work, which I’m hoping we hear more of in the coming months. If not, then that’s fine too, of course.


Charlotte, N.C. spitter Lute of the Forever FC crew gained some major momentum last year with his West1996, a project that found him spitting over his favorite beats from Pete Rock, J Dilla, and others. Rock actually heard the tape, which helped propel it onto the rap Internet’s radar in March. When we reached out and apologized for not including West1996 on our year-end lists, he told us that it was OK because he’s got plenty of material coming in 2013.

But here’s the thing: Lute’s more than a kid with a penchant for ’90s boom-bap and a voice to match. I caught him live last year opening for King Mez and he had the entire crowd in a trance. That’s saying a lot considering his microphone was screwed up half the time and no one probably knew who he was. That changed, of course, by the end of his set.

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  1. TFresh
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 23:00:00

    Missed out on World’s Fair, otherwise a lot of these artists are dope.

    I’d argue that Clayton Samus & Da$h and Retch, could have a dope year too

  2. Saxon Baird
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 11:10:00

    Man, am I getting old when I don’t have anyone on my artist to watch list? LEMME THINK….um um um um um um um…how about…Ghost Wave?

  3. David Reyneke
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 09:14:00

    And then if we make it all one page, everyone complains there are too many pictures and it takes forever to load.

  4. Andrew Martin
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 08:06:00


  5. Alex Gallagher
    Feb 01, 2013 @ 00:46:00

    This list is aces

  6. pissed off mfer
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 22:47:00

    no, i’m not fuckin clicking through all of your individual fucking pages just to read your goddamn list. i was interested in reading this, but now my growing resentment for this site has reached its limit

  7. Andrew Martin
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 12:25:00


  8. Andrew Martin
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 12:25:00


  9. Ayo-Ret
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 12:22:00

    Love this list, thank you!

  10. JohnRHealey
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:37:00

    Disclosure is on the top of my radar right now.

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